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Commission Allots $16.5M for Clinton Keith Road Extension

Plans are to break ground in September on the first section, connecting Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta to Leon Road in French Valley.

Clinton Keith Road will be paved and widened from Whitewood Road in Murrieta to Trois Valley Street, connecting the roadway with Leon Road. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)
Clinton Keith Road will be paved and widened from Whitewood Road in Murrieta to Trois Valley Street, connecting the roadway with Leon Road. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)

County transportation officials on Wednesday allotted $16.5 million for the first section of the long-awaited extension of Clinton Keith Road east of Whitewood Road in Murrieta to Winchester Road in French Valley.

It was among 33 projects countywide approved for a total of $115 million during a meeting of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, according to a news release.

The Clinton Keith project will be led by the Riverside County Transportation Department, which indicated in its application to RCTC that plans are to break ground in September, according to John Standiford, deputy executive director for RCTC.

“What they are looking to do here is to widen the section from Whitewood Road to Trois Valley Street by constructing a three-lane section in that part,” Standiford told Patch.

That would connect Clinton Keith to Leon Road in Spencer’s Crossing for the time being, with future Riverside County Transportation Department plans of extending Clinton Keith through to Highway 79.

RCTC is awarding the funding for this first part of the project with monies from the Measure A sales tax program, approved by voters in western Riverside County in 2009.

“This truly shows the value of the Measure A program,” said RCTC Chair Marion Ashley, a county supervisor. Every part of the county is receiving funding that will improve mobility and create needed jobs.”  

The Commission plans to budget the $16.5 million for the Clinton Keith project over the next two fiscal years, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, to accommodate cash flow.

Another large project for southwest Riverside County, the improvement of the interchange at Interstate 215 and Newport Road in Menifee, was also allotted funding in the amount of $14.6 million.

In addition to Wednesday’s funding allocation, RCTC previously awarded $10 million in state transportation funding for the I-15/French Valley Parkway in Temecula last  October.

“If projects are ready, and we have the funding, we’re going to get them built as quickly as possible,” Ashley said.

The funding decision comes after local jurisdictions were invited to apply for funding in September. A total of 55 projects were submitted requesting a total of $282 million in funding, according to Standiford.

“It was highly competitive,” Standiford said.

The Technical Advisory Committee consisting of public works professionals from jurisdictions around the county evaluated the proposals and made the comprehensive recommendations for funding to the Commission.

On Wednesday, the Commission ratified the recommendations with a unanimous vote.

Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 03:21 PM
This is one of the most dangerous sections of Los Alamos - only made dangerous because of the heavy traffic, and all of the idiots who speed. This was a post that Murrieta Patch made a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=544840368860129&set=a.210757792268390.59662.176860368991466&type=1&stream_ref=10
Mike January 10, 2014 at 04:06 PM
So Katie, as I read your post you are good with moving all the Yahoo's from Los Alamos to Clinton Keith?
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Only an idiot would think that 100% of the traffic would move to Clinton Keith.
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Los Alamos is a very dangerous road. It was not meant to hold so much traffic. Originally it was a wagon trail, and then it was later widened to handle cars. Clinton Keith was supposed to be made up to go all the way through BECAUSE of all the new housing tracts. Los Alamos was NEVER meant to handle all of that. It's a one lane winding road full of blind curves. We have accidents ALL THE TIME on our road. Having Clinton Keith open will cut that down a lot, and since it will be made to suit the traffic that it's meant to handle it will be a lot safer than Los Alamos and will create better passage for those who live in the housing tracts behind my house.
diana nanci January 11, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Bravo!!So happy to have Clinton Keith finally completed! Will make Los Alamos a country not commuter road once again and a safer parkway for for everyone within the area.

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